New Book Works On Increasing the Shared Personal Practices of Educators

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Dr. Carmen J. Black investigates instructional isolation and the lack of shared personal practices.

Educators are trained to be instructional virtuosos or experts responsible for educating a global community of learners. Yet, many of them work in isolation away from other professionals when planning lessons aimed at increasing student achievement. Author Dr. Camen J. Black examines the problems that may arise from instructional isolation in an insightful study, Increasing the Shared Personal Practices of Educators.

The purpose of this book was to examine any increments of shared personal practice behavior exhibited by educators, working as peers in a metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, elementary school. All noted behavioral changes were accomplished through the utilization of an informal peer observation program titled, Looking at Teaching and Learning Through Peer Observation (Thompson, 2002). Two concerns that are investigated in Dr. Black’s study include:

1. What impact does peer observation have on decreasing instructional? isolation?
2. What impact does peer observation have on increasing the shared? personal practices of educators?

As readers browse through the contents of this book, they will be given a critical look at problems associated with instructional isolation and the lack of shared personal practices within a professional learning community. Increasing the Shared Personal Practices of Educators provides an intervention that can assist professional learning community participants with the ability to grow instructionally strong in producing instructional practices aimed at raising student achievement.

Increasing the Shared Personal Practices of Educators will be featured at the California School Library Book Exhibit in Pasadena, CA on November 11-14, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Dr. Carmen J. Black is an Educational leader. She has obtained various degrees and certifications in the field of education from several colleges and universities. Her credentials include an Ed.D. and a Ed. S, in Educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, an Administrative Certification from Troy State University, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education and a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education, from Alabama state University, an Associate Degree in Elementary Education from S.D. Bishop State College, and a Technology Certification from the University of West Georgia. Dr. Black’s administrative and instructional talents have been featured within the states of Florida, California, Alabama, and Georgia. As an administrator she has served as an Assistant Principal, Staff Developer, Department Team Leader, Sacs Committee Chair, School Council Developer, and School Council Parliamentarian. She has been observed as a highly qualified instructor in grades K-12 and at the collegian level. Dr. Black has 25 years plus in the field of education to her credit. As a Professional Learning Community Interventionist, Dr. Black is cognizant of the role that shared practices, team work, and accountable collaboration play in our vacillating school communities. Her focus as an Educational Leader and a Professional Learning Community Interventionist is to promote student achievement with proven interventions that encourage educators to increase their shared personal practices with one another through peer observation, vertical teaming, and constructive instructional collaboration. Concisely put, Dr. Black believes,” Team Work Makes It Work!”

Increasing the Shared Personal Practices of Educators * by Dr. Carmen J. Black
Publication Date: November 11, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 128 pages; 978-1-4535-4441-9
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